Best nonfiction books of 2010
Topping the list is Sarah Bakewell's own book, "How to Live: Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer." A brilliant and unconventional biography, "How to Live" captures the essence of one of history's most acute, expansive, and charming thinkers. But the book is not just about Montaigne the man. It is also about (in Bakewell's wonderful phrase) "Montaigne, the long party."